Writing or Righting Personal Histories

As I set about writing my personal history, this blog post from 3 years ago came into mind, “Either way, I don’t believe you can write a history about someone without trying to emulate the forgiveness of Christ. To attempt to understand that your ancestor or whomever you are writing about, is a Child of God, first and foremost, with challenges like all of us.”

Sister Maggie

What is the right way to write one’s life?

What is the proper way to remember another person’s life?

With what filters do we present our lives and those of whom we’ve shared; to our descendants?

Is it proper to filter out the times when children of God entertained demons of pride, vanity, ambition, depression, doubt & fear; resulting in addictions and abuse?
IMG_20140428_140703_115Is it proper to “white wash” a personal history?

Does it negate or minimize the triumphs of the abused and oppressed??

How do we maintain an Eternal Perspective when writing our personal and family histories?

I began pondering these questions and more in regards to writing family histories a while ago. When Family Search implemented their “stories & Life Sketch” portion of Family Tree; it was a topic that rarely left my conscious thinking.

As I have alluded to in previous blog posts

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From Manchester to Manchester: Meeting My Church Family Across the United States

January 8th was my last Sunday in Washington State before I embarked on a journey that would take me completely across the United States. That Sunday I spent with the Manchester Ward in the Bremerton, Washington Stake. It was the  area where I was staying with a friend. Those friends were gracious enough to give... Continue Reading →

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